Most Parisians will tell you that the Luxembourg Gardens is their favourite park in Paris.
It is easy to see why. . .
With the imposing Luxembourg Palace overlooking the pond, flaneurs strolling the wide thoroughfares, chairs scattered around for a welcoming relax, over one hundred statues, and the pretty Medici Fountain, are enough reasons for this wonderful park to be a favourite.
Henri IV’s widow, Marie de Medici commissioned the palace in 1621 to imitate Pitti Palace, as she was homesick for her native Florence.
The original garden measuring 8 hectares, underwent considerable work, installing the pond, which remains today, the Medici Fountain, which has since had a pond added to it and the planting of 2000 elm trees.
After purchasing more land, 18 years later, Marie de Medici enlarged the park to 30 hectares.
The garden fell into disrepair after the death of Marie de Medici and by 1780, the future King, Louis XVIII, sold off a portion of the land for redevelopment.
After the French Revolution the park grew to 40 hectares, and Jean Chalgrin, the architect of the Arc de Triomphe faithfully restored the park to its former glory.
Luxembourg Gardens didn’t escape Baron Haussmann’s grand redevelopment of the city.
The park lost 15 hectares to allow for the wide boulevards to run up to the park and the Medici Fountain, although saved, was moved.
The placement of statues in the park began in 1848, the first of these were the Queens of France and famous women of France.
Later in 1880, and the 10 years that followed, famous writers and artists were added to the statuary as was a scaled down version of Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty.
TODAY, the park offers such features as a children’s play area, tennis courts, an apple and pear orchard, an old carousel, puppet shows, a café, a gazebo, where musicians play and an orangerie, that holds art and photographic exhibitions.
The Queens of France and famous women of France surround the main basin. The statue to the right, Le Marchand des Masques, can be found on the south eastern corner and the Fountain de Medics to the left of the Palace.
Below you will find a fabulous and informative official link to the Luxembourg Palace, which provides a detailed map, on where to find each statue.
If you have internet connection, you can refer to the map, as you stroll through the park.
The DetailsLuxembourg Gardens Rue de Médicis Rue de Vaugirard Paris 75006 MAP Nearest Metro Odéon, Notre Dame des Champs Opening Times depending on the season 7.30-8.30am till dusk Fabulous official map for statues
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